Behind The Scenes Of Hindi Cinema: A Visual Journey Through The Heart Of Bollywood

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J. Manschot, Marijke De Vos
Royal Tropical Institute Press (KIT (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen), 2005 - Performing Arts - 159 pages
"Behind the Scenes of Hindi Cinema is an insightful journey into the complex worlds of fantasy and reality inhabited by creative artistes. India is a unique country that exists in multiple centuries simultaneously. This book unravels the various mysteries and contradictions embedded in our centuries-old tradition. (...) Using defined sections and relevant case studies, the authors analyse the emotional ingredients that form the essence of India and Indian cinema." (Excerpt from the Foreword by Amitabh Bachchan) Behind the Scenes of Hindi Cinema explores the inner world of Bombay film, the best known of India's movie industries. Many aspects of Hindi cinema are brought to life on the pages of this richly illustrated book - from its beginnings to the present day. The use of songs to advertise movies, the role of censorship, devotion to god and family: these subjects and many more are illuminated. It reveals the symbolism of the divine role models Radha-Krishna and Ram-Sita at the heart of the main protagonists in many films, and the passion of the people working behind the scenes. It examines the changing face of the nation's enemies, the marriage scene, lyricists and playback singers, and it sheds light on Tamil cinema, which rivals the Hindi film industry in output and popularity. The book concludes with an analysis of the mass appeal of Hindi film beyond India's borders and the recent embrace of the much-hyped 'Bollywood' phenomenon in the West.

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About the author (2005)

Johan Manschot graduate of the Kunstacademie (Art Academy), Utrecht, is an illustrator and a graphic designer. After travelling widely, he has increasingly specialised in Indian and Eastern design. He has assembled an impressive private collection of Indian film-related art that includes southern Indian film posters, records and photos. His passion for Indian film posters inspired the conception of this book. He is also establishing himself in the Netherlands as a graphic designer for Diesel jeans, Bijenkorf department store, the Tivoli venue, and the monthly MysticGrooves dance parties in Rasa and the Melkweg.

Marijke de Vos graduate of the Rietveld Academie (Art Academy, Amsterdam), is a film programmer and theatre researcher. Since 1990 she programmed numerous Indian films from the early years to the latest blockbusters and art films for the annual Cinema India festival in the Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam. She is an adviser on Indian cinema to organisations such as the Dutch broadcasting company NPS, public television and several cultural festivals. She has written on Indian cinema and given master classes, and lectures and introductions toon Indian cinema at the universities of Leiden, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. She is a member of the selection committee of the Jan Vrijman Fund for IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam).

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